Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Orlando City top Ocala Stampede, set up Open Cup third round meeting with Rowdies

(Courtesy of Orlando City) 
By Mike Gramajo

SANFORD, Fla. — Strike duo Dennis Chin and Corey Hertzog each bagged a brace, as Orlando City claimed a 4-1 victory over the Ocala Stampede during second round play of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday night at the Seminole Soccer Complex. 

“It was a pleasing night,” Orlando head coach Adrian Heath said. “I take my hat off to Ocala. I got lots of respect to their coach. It’s 4-1, we missed lots of chances, and yet they’re still in the game.” 

Hertzog gave the Lions the early lead in the 14th minute after midfielder Aodhan Quinn found the striker open in the box, leaving the former New York Red Bull to bury a strike from close range. 

With the 1-0 lead in place, Chin doubled the lead in the 28th minute after Hertzog found the Oviedo, Florida native in a through pass to tuck the ball toward the net. Hertzog would go on to give OCSC the 3-0 lead before halftime, scoring on a penalty kick after an Ocala handball was whistled. 

The Stampede were able to get on the scoreboard in the 61st minute after Ben Knights converted on an Orlando City back line error, beating goalkeeper Carl Woszczynski. However, Orlando’s Dennis Chin capped the match in the 83rd after he executed on a deflection from an Ocala defender to make it 4-1. 

With the victory, Orlando City will meet the Tampa Bay Rowdies on May 28 in the third round of the U.S. Open Cup, which will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. 

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